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Scientist or Senior Scientist - Antibody Development


Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

Job Function:  Research & Early Development
Job ID:  71507

Help us transform patients' lives.

At UCB, we put our heart, soul, and skills into making a difference for people living with severe disease. Working together to push the boundaries, we blend the best of our talents to unlock innovation.  Will you join us in our pioneering adventure?


To strengthen our Antibody Formulation Development Group, we are looking to fill the position of: Scientist/Senior Scientist, Antibody Development.

About the Role

The Biological Formulation Development (BFD) group, part of UCB BioTechnology Sciences department, plays an essential role in supporting all ongoing projects by supplying efficient formulations for all stages of the monoclonal antibody development process from Toxicology studies to Phase 3 Clinical studies. The BFD group is continuously looking at improving and developing fast and efficient formulation technology platforms thus enhancing the stability of standard antibodies as well as novel antibody formats.


We are seeking a high calibre, lab-based scientist, highly skilled in protein/antibody analysis (HPLC /UPLC, iCE, UV spectroscopy, DLS, CGE, rheology, MFI) with experience in formulation development seen as an advantage.


The required candidate should have a strong scientific background, good written and verbal communication skills and be highly self-motivated with a proven ability to multi-task effectively and adapt to meet the demands of a fast-paced environment. 


Successful candidates will be working in a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment, able to apply their skills to influence projects. 


Primary responsibilities

  • Performing experiments or analysis, enabling non-clinical or clinical studies
  • Supporting laboratory activities which include laboratory set-up and provision of technical resources
  • Maintain and optimize operational functionality of equipment and technologies, including hardware, software, procedures and the laboratory spaces in which the equipment are housed.
  • As a technical expert, troubleshoot issues and react timely to ensure continuous operation and uninterrupted assay workflows supporting the whole team
  • Ability to analyse, interrogate data and troubleshoot technical issues
  • Display awareness of published literature and externally available platforms and technologies and lead their implementation within the group
  • Depending upon experience, contribute to the development and mentoring/training of other scientists
  • Authoring formulation protocols, reports and supporting documentation, based on a deep understanding of biochemical or physical degradation routes of antibody-derived molecules


Skills and experience 

  • Applicants should have a Masters (or equivalent) or PhD (or equivalent), in Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Biology or similar, with demonstrated minimum of 5y laboratory experience, knowledge and application of new and developing technologies
  • Applicants should have a strong experience in protein/antibody analysis (HPLC /UPLC, iCE, UV spectroscopy, DLS, CGE, rheology, MFI) with experience in formulation development seen as an advantage
  • High level of numeracy and the ability to critically evaluate data
  • Ability to work in a busy team environment with changing priorities
  • Excellent communication and organisational skills
  • Key attributes include a pro-active approach, strong team ethic and the ability to build relationships and work effectively across functions.
  • Maintain awareness of developments in the field, be pro-active in introducing new techniques and capabilities


We can offer you a structured career development programme designed to enhance your technical and scientific skills and equip you to further your career in industry and drug discovery.  There will be early opportunities to make an impact by working in small scale teams where your contribution will be clearly visible and recognised and most importantly, will help bring solutions to transform the lives of people with severe diseases.


About us.

UCB- Inspired by Patients. Driven by Science. Everything we do starts with a simple question: “How will this create value for people living with severe diseases?” By putting patients at the heart of what we do, our approach – from discovery to development to delivery – is continuously transformed and designed around patient needs and their journey.

With a team of approximately 7,500 employees and operations in more than 40 countries, we are a global biopharmaceutical company investing more than a quarter of our revenue in cutting-edge scientific research. We are focused on addressing chronic, neurological, immunological, and bone diseases.

Curious to know more? Please visit our website www.ucb.com.

UCB and its subsidiaries encourage diversity and inclusion in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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